We may think of Will Smith primarily as an actor these days, but let's not forget his accomplished rap career. He has multiple #1 singles, platinum albums and Grammys. But he hasn't dropped new music since 2005's Lost and Found album.
Or, at least, he hadn't until Friday (Oct. 2).
For his return to music, the 47-year-old linked with the Columbian band Bomba Estéreo for a remix of their track "Fiesta." He starts rapping at about the 1:05 mark for a quick verse, before coming back in towards the end of the song.
A couple notable things here (beyond, obviously, that this exists): He weaves some Spanish into his verse; and he says "hot sh-t," at one point, which is a bit of a surprise for a dude who historically hasn't cursed in his raps.
If you're wondering why he made his return to rhyme on this particular song -- which, I hope, you are wondering -- the answer is actually simple.
According to ABC, Will heard the band on a recent trip to Columbia and told them he wanted to work together.
"When I was told that Will Smith wanted to collaborate on a remix with Bomba, I couldn't believe it," the band's founder, Simon Mejia, said in a statement. "This opportunity to work with Will was beyond anything we have dreamed of... It's just magic."
They've reportedly already shot a video.
Bomba Estereo scored a couple nominations for the upcoming Latin Grammys -- including for Record of the Year for the original version of "Fiesta" -- and Will congratulated the band on Facebook last week.
Could this mean more new music from the Fresh Prince before long?
“I went into the studio with Kanye," he said back in February. "I’m thinking about it. I’m exploring. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet but I’m exploring. I’m in a creative ceiling.”
Yeezy's not the only one who is encouraging the Grammy winner to get back in the booth. His son Jaden -- who is a rapper himself -- has been giving his old man some tips.
“My son tells me I have to write out the things I don’t like,” Smith said in that same interview. “I can’t write and stop, I have to keep going and going and write them out. I’ve never worked like that before but I think I might give that a shot.”
And, while this may be his first new verse in a decade, he's been rehashing old favorites of late, like when he rapped the theme song to "Fresh Prince" and performed "Summertime" on "The Ellen DeGenerees Show" earlier this year.